The beautiful town of Coutances in Normandy is perfect for a day of exploring. The Tourist Office have recently published this guide to the town. Although, it’s in French, there’s a map of the towns showing the highlights.

I visited Coutances late yesterday afternoon and took these photos in the Normandy sunshine. The public garden is delightful – beautifully maintained and with a theme each year reflected in the planting. This year the theme is school and education.



The cathedral dominates the skyline and merits a blog post of its own. It is simply stunning.

There is one main street of shops; the majority of which are independent retailers.


The Mairie (Town Hall) is a very impressive building and dates from 1907.

There is plenty more to explore including the Hospital Quarter where you’ll find 3 old chapels. In the centre of town there are two churches – one either side of the cathedral. All three buildings escaped the bombs during the Second World War although much of what surrounded them was completely destroyed. A recommended day out.

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